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April 30 - May 7, 2012

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  April 30 - May 7, 2012
Max Cooper

... to Juliette Gordon Low for having founded the Girl Scouts, a 50 million (cumulative) member organization that is celebrating its double golden -- i.e. century-- anniversary this year. For many women in science, Girl Sprouts was the place where they first got hooked on the allure of discovery and the thrill of striving for goals -- in other words, where the GS mission helped them develop the 'courage, confidence, and character' needed to excel in research. Think about THAT the next time you are facing down a Brownie who wants you to buy both Thin Mints AND Samoas!

smallpox eradication

... to William Foege, on his selection as a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient for his role in eradicating smallpox. Bill is not only the "tallest man in the world" (as advertsed by one village elder who dangled the promise of seeing all 6'7" of him in a successful bid to get every man, woman, and child for miles around to show up for a smallpox vaccination), he also has an expansive heart and a breathtakingly fine mind. Asante, Bill for your role in making the world a safer place for all of us.

In other news...
birthday cake

... to Janet Goodman Stevenson, May Day queen.



... Imagine discovering the Canadian Mountie ("We always get our man") of the antiretroviral nation. I.e., an already-licensed antiretoroviral drug that, for reasons as yet unknown, is capable of tracking down and rubbing out HIV that has been successfully hiding out in macrophages, thereby eliminating one of the most seriously pesky reservoirs that enable chronic HIV infection. Wouldn't THAT be cool! As it happens, it looks like CFAR mentee and newly minted PhD, Christina Gavegnano may have done that. Come to the CFAR Network meeting on May 15 (see calendar below) to hear more about it!

Bulletin Board...
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... Seeking AV200 Bike Ride 2012 Volunteers:
Year 10 of the AV200 Bike Ride takes place on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 with a kick-off dinner on Friday, May 18.

They are in need of volunteers to assist in several areas. These include Friday evening registration, Saturday morning send off, on road assistance during the bike ride (day only or overnight in Rock Eagle), and Sunday afternoon celebration.

Please contact Jane Lawson at 404-727-8778 if you interested in volunteering for any portion of the event.


New Funding Opps

May, Sept, Jan
standard AIDS deadlines)
R01, R21
Basic Research on HIV Persistence

Feb 1, Jun 1, Oct 1
Sponsor: EMCF
Grants for Grady-based faculty

May 1, 3pm (Eligibility app)
June 13, 3pm (App deadline)
Sponsor: HHMI
Investigator Competition

Full List of Funding Opps



Standard NIH deadlines
Sponsor: NIAID
K22: Career Transition Award

May 11
Sponsor: Ga Tech
International Travel Award

Full List of Funding Opps



Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Wright JK, Naidoo VL, Brumme ZL, Prince JL, Claiborne DT, Goulder PJ, Brockman MA, Hunter E, Ndung'u T. Impact of HLA-B*81-associated mutations in HIV-1 Gag on viral replication capacity. J Virol. 2012 Mar;86(6):3193-9. Epub 2012 Jan 11.

Kraft CS, Basu D, Hawkins PA, Hraber PT, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Kilembe W, Khu NH, Derdeyn CA, Allen SA, Manigart O, Hunter E. Timing and source of subtype-C HIV-1 superinfection in the newly infected partner of Zambian couples with disparate viruses. Retrovirology. 2012 Mar 20:9(1):22 [Epub ahead of print].

Pouget ER, Friedman SR, Cleland CM, Tempalski B, Cooper HL. Estimates of the Population Prevalence of Injection Drug Users among Hispanic Residents of Large US Metropolitan Areas. J Urban Health. 2012 Mar 13. [Epub ahead of print].

Upcoming Events
May 2
Vaccine Dinner Club meeting
Is an Ounce of Prevention Always Better than a Pound of Cure: Opportunities, Appetites, and Obstacles in the World of Vaccines
Starring: Stephen Inglis, PhD
Pre-registration required

May 3
Late Reg. Deadline
XIX International AIDS Conference
Location: Washington, DC
Dates: July 22-27

May 3
Early Reg. Deadline
AIDS Vaccine 2012
Location: Boston
Dates: September 9-12

May 3
Seeking & Obtaining Private Funding for Research
Location: Room 130, SOM
Target audience: Postdocs, Residents, Faculty

Save the Date: New
May 15
CFAR Network Meeting
Starring: Baek Kim, PhD & Christina Gavegnano, PhD
Location: RSPH/RAR

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Spotlight! | Gates Vaccine Innovation Award

Now accepting nominees

The below is adapted from a recent press release

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting nominations for the second annual Gates Vaccine Innovation Award to celebrate and spur transformative ideas for achieving impact through immunization.

The foundation will recognize the winning innovation with a US $250,000 prize.

The 2012 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award recognized the work of Dr. Asm Amjad Hossain, a former district immunization and surveillance medical officer in Bangladesh. Read a blog post about Dr. Hossain’s experience here.

Gates invites you to nominate individuals or groups of individuals who have achieved significant improvements in the prevention, control, or elimination of vaccine preventable diseases through immunization.

It is open to individuals from any discipline who work on the delivery of vaccines. Candidates from academic institutions, governments, health care facilities, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies may be nominated.

Gates recognizes that innovation in the delivery of vaccines can take many shapes. For this award, we are looking for ideas big or small that have resulted in tangible improvements in immunization coverage in developing countries.

Nominations are being accepted online through August 31, 2012. More information is available at:


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